Tuesday, November 03, 2009

BC Proclaims 4-H Day Nov. 4

VICTORIA – Minister of Agriculture and Lands Steve Thomson is proclaiming November 4 B.C. 4-H Day and is asking British Columbians to join him in raising awareness about B.C. 4-H clubs by wearing green tomorrow.

“It’s important to me to spread the word about the great work being done by 4-H clubs,” said Thomson. “We’re at a point where it’s vital to the industry that the next generation get involved with agriculture and 4-H clubs give young people the skills to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

The Provincial day of recognition coincides with National 4-H Day. Across the country, 4-H clubs spend the month of November celebrating the achievements of 2009 with awards dinners and other festivities. 4-H clubs have operated in B.C. for 95 years. The name stands for head, heart, health and hands.

“We’re very proud of all our members’ achievements,” said Adrienne Smith, manager of B.C. 4-H. “This is the time of year when we all show our support for each other by wearing green, and we’re glad to see that the Province is helping to bring attention to the great work being done by our members and volunteers.”

With over 3,000 members, including 2,300 youth, 4-H is a part of nearly 170 communities across the province. The 4-H program combines leadership, citizenship and agriculture for children and young adults between the ages of 6 and 21. With the motto “learn to do by doing,” 4-H members select various projects which include learning about sewing, small engines, horses, beef and dairy production, and sheep.

One of the chief concerns across the agriculture sector is the impending farm labour shortage over the next 10 years. The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands also has a Youth and Community Development branch that partners with 4-H to administer programs like Fields for Your Future, which builds interest in agricultural careers among high school students. For information on careers in agriculture, visit http://www.aitc.ca/bc/resources/career-opportunities online.

For more information on 4-H clubs in B.C. and how you can contribute to raising awareness of agriculture’s importance, visit www.bc4h.bc.ca online.

To locate a 4-H club in your area use this Nanaimo Info LINK.


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